CCSD - Clark County School District


Distance Education


Components of Distance Education

Full-time distance education requires that all learning take part outside of the school buildings at this time, with opportunities for online instruction and times of independent study. CCSD’s full-time distance education model supports students, families, and educators through the following components:

The Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) is an online platform that helps with the delivery of instruction, resources, and other tools to assist with distance education. With an LMS, students can access it at anytime and anywhere. Teachers can access content and other tools such as Google Classroom from within Canvas. For a “road map” of digital learning communication and content platforms, click here.

To learn how to access Canvas, click here.

This is a guide to structure student learning and communicate weekly schedules and distance education requirements for students.The plans will outline learning times that may occur with the entire class (synchronous) or individual learning (asynchronous) along with other supports for students and families.

With this type of instruction, learning is happening in real time for students. This includes video conferencing lessons, live webinars, interactive live chat discussions, virtual, and face-to-face instruction.

Recording Synchronous Sessions

Though student engagement in real-time synchronous learning opportunities is highly valued, there may be times when circumstances outside of a student’s control may prevent him or her from participating in real-time synchronous sessions.

Educators are encouraged to record synchronous sessions, especially if students are absent during the synchronous sessions; however, educators will take precautions to protect student information as required under federal law.

Parents/guardians are asked to provide an Authorization for Release of Education Records for their student via Infinite Campus or by submitting a paper authorization to the teacher: Authorization for Release of Education Records

While protecting student information privacy in alignment with the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), educators may make recorded sessions or other alternatives available to students who are unable to take part in the real-time instruction:

  • Educators may record and share synchronous sessions with students in the class who attended or missed the sessions.
    • Parents and/or students cannot share or post the recordings and may not independently record the sessions.
    • Access to the recorded sessions should be granted only to students who are enrolled in the class and should be password protected.
  • Instructional videos may be offered to help students understand the concepts taught during the synchronous sessions.
  • Students may be assigned to work collaboratively with other students who missed the synchronous sessions to complete the instructional task(s) that were done collaboratively during the sessions.
  • Educators may use small-group synchronous sessions and support students during virtual office hours.
  • PowerPoint, slide show, or other instructional materials used during the synchronous sessions may be provided.

In this type of instruction, learning does not occur at the same time for students. This includes recorded video content and other digital media and content for students to work through independently.

Creating live audio and video connections between multiple students. Google Hangouts Meet is used to conduct student-based, video conferencing experiences.

While online meeting platforms may be used during distance education, telephonic conference calls with multiple students may occur to optimize access and instruction. Online meeting platform attendance without the video function is audio conferencing.

CCSD families have access to the Learning Line, a service in which CCSD personnel provide support for all students via telephone to maximize learning through distance education. This service may be reached at 702-799-6644. Educators are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to assist students in both English and Spanish during scheduled school days.

Dedicated blocks of times when educators provide one-to-one interactions with students to support individualized instruction and clarification seeking efforts from students and families regarding course content and asynchronous assignments. Virtual office hours may occur through video or audio conferencing methods.

Licensed professionals will establish times for student and family check-in protocols. The wellness check-in process may occur virtually or in-person to determine student academic, social emotional, or health needs. This process is intended to optimize the general well-being of students involved in distance education. The process may also evaluate and address issues with connectivity and technology access.